Our company

We are specialists in the treatment and finishing of metal and plastic surfaces.

About us

By means of constant checks in our laboratories we ensure the consistent quality standard of our products and hence meet the customers’ requirements. With a strong sales and service team we offer our customers optimum advice and support. Our products stand for decorative and technically sophisticated finishing.

Since our company was founded for 100 years ago we have aligned our range of products to the wishes of our customers and thus earned our individual reputation within our branch.

As a medium-sized family-owned enterprise, we want to maintain this position as one of the leading system suppliers in the field of mechanical and chemical surface treatment independent of major company groups. Pursuing our guiding idea "Everything for surface technology", we supplement our range with products that follow this philosophy. We also offer our customers tailor-made processes leading to cost advantages in production. For us quality is more important than allegedly low prices.

Our delivery program comprises:

  • polishing agents
  • products for industrial cleaning (degreasing)
  • process baths for electrolytic deposition of metals and post-treatment systems (passivation / TOP coats).

Moreover, we supply phosphating processes for pre-treatment in powder coating painting. In addition, we are also well-known as a trading company for basic chemicals, anodes and accessories. As the only system supplier we are able to offer the hole range of expertise from polishing to final coating (sealing).

In our understanding both service and support are essential benefits for the customer. We aim for a long-term co-operation on a partnership-type basis.

Qualitatively high-grade products are an essential prerequisite for production reliability and the success of our customers. Therefore the members of our field staff and our product managers perform a central function within our company. They are at the customer's disposal with advice and action at any time. Moreover, our field staff and product managers are, due to their presence in the market, an important source of information for further development of our products also with regard to environmental aspects.

Profit-oriented working and cost-conscious, sustainable action are essential prerequisites for growth and investments and conduce to safeguard and create jobs. We integrate our staff into major decision-making processes and constantly make them aware of the meaning of our corporate principles.

Together we improve internal processes also in the interests of our business partners, where the safety of our plants and working equipment is of special significance also in respect to the safety of our staff at work.

For us environment, safety oriented action and the maintenance of legal conformity is a constant obligation. Within the production we ensure a minimisation of emissions as well as the economical use of resources, and in the development ensure that environmentally friendly raw materials are used as far as possible. We assess our environmental achievements and our safety status at regular intervals and deduce improvement measures. All products are assessed and classified by us also from ecological points of view.

We maintain an open dialogue with the interested public and with approving institutions.

With our suppliers we are striving for co-operation on a partnership-type basis. We jointly work to constantly optimise delivery qualities and to reduce the effects on the environment which can be influenced.


The parent company of our organisation - ERICH KIESOW - was founded in Berlin on 30th December 1921. Initially buffing compounds, polishing and buffing wheels were produced.

The owner at that time sold the company to Mr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Brinkmann on 6th August 1935, since then it has been owned and managed by the family.

In 1950 the management and parts of the production were relocated in Detmold and during the subsequent period our activities have been supplemented by the addition of processes for chemical surface treatment. Polishing wheels and rings were manufactured in Berlin until the site was closed in 2023.

In 2021 the company was handed over to the fourth generation and since then bears the company name KIESOW OBERFLÄCHENCHEMIE GmbH & Co. KG.

Since 2023 we have focused primarily on electroplating and polishing agents for mechanical processing.